Kendall Jones, a cheerleader from Texas has caused an uproar on Facebook after she posted pictures of animals she hunted and killed during a trip to Africa.
The 19-year old shared several photos of her posing next to dead or tranquilized lions, antelope, leopards, hippos and zebras during a recent hunting excursion.
Kendall Jones, from Cleburne, Texas, has been uploading these controversial pictures to Facebook to promote her hunting career and hopes to host a TV show on hunting. She wrote on Facebook in January that she signed a development deal for a series on the Sportsman Channel.
Animal rights activists aren’t happy and are criticizing her. They want the teenager to remove the pictures and have her page taken down.
Kieron Brown, a South African from Cape Town, started a petition on change.org with the headline: “Help stop Kendall Jones from hunting in Africa.” He accuses Jones of using “endangered and helpless” animals as a stepping stone to greater popularity online.
Another petition on AZAAZ.org is hoping to have Jones’ Facebook page taken down for animal cruelty, has already garnered more than 40,000 signatures.
The petition reads: “For the sake of all animals, especially the animals in the African region … where hunters are going for gun just to kill an animal! Some people have been reporting the pages lately but it seems Facebook is not concerned about what Kendall Jones is promoting in her page.”
Jones, whose social media page is named “Kendall Takes Wild,” even brags about her wild animal kills in some of the graphic pics. “Hunting in the Kalahari was such a great experience! My Bear Rumor Bow performed perfectly and this lion was the hunt of a lifetime,” she captioned a photo showing her leaning on top of a deceased lion.
Kendall Jones fell in love with hunting and the culture surrounding it when she accompanied her father on a trip to Zimbabwe in 2004. “As badly as I wanted to shoot something, I was just too small to hold the guns my dad had brought,” she writes in her Facebook bio.
Four years later, Jones traveled to South Africa to start hunting the Big Five: African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and African rhino.
The first animal Jones ever shot was a white rhino with a .416 Remington. “On this trip I also took some plains game, such as impala, kudu and mountain reedbuck home,” she writes.
Jones returned to Africa the following summer to check off the rest of the Big Five on a 28-day safari. She killed an elephant, buffalo and lion but failed to kill a leopard —so she returned two weeks later for a 14-day safari.
“This time I got my leopard, and also took down a hippo to get 6 of the Dangerous 7 at the age of 14!” she wrote on her Facebook page.
Commenters on her pictures have shown their displeasure with Jones’ trips, including issuing her death threats. Jones addressed those voicing their displeasure on her picture with the white rhino.
“While all of the ANTI Hunters were hiding behind a computer writing repulsive comments and issuing death threats to me, well I was out doing a White Rhino Green Hunt.”
According to Jones, some of the animals she poses with in pictures have not been shot dead, but instead tranquilized and studied for educational purposes.
“I darted a white rhino and the Vet drew blood samples, DNA profile, cleaned out and medicated a leg wound and gave several shots of antibiotics,” she wrote in a description. “The Rhino woke up great and will now be a part of a DNA databank fighting against anti-poaching.”
Jones is a sophomore pursuing a degree in marketing and sports therapy.
Kendall Jones posts photos with dead African animals makes Facebook angry
Kendall Jones, a bouncy teen cheerleader with a love for shooting animals in Africa enjoys posing for photos with the dead beasts. She now has many enemies on Facebook and beyond.